Raju Parsekar is a big name among reputed directors in the Hindi and Marathi entertainment industry. Having worked with the well known Bollywood director like Govind Nihalani in the past, he knows his job well. In fact, Raju began his career in 1983, with the Hindi film ‘Ardh Satya’, when he worked as assistant to Govind Nihlani. Later, he made his debut in 1989 as an independent director in Marathi films, with ‘Eena Meena Deeka’ starring Ashok Saraf and Prashant Damle.
Later he shifted to Hindi television and worked with some reputed actors like Shekhar Suman, Farooq Shaikh, Kader Khan and others. Raju wanted to continue with Marathi films, but, as they say, a creative person cannot sit quiet for longer and whatever assignments came to him, he accepted them, as it was question of his survival. Raju did nothing wrong in working on many such family socials and comedy subjects, including those of Balaji telefilms.
Five years ago, he returned to Marathi films, directing a comedy film ‘Tata Birla Aani Laila’ with big stars like Ashok Saraf and Bharat Jadhav. Since then, every year he has been offering a Marathi film. This year, two of his films are due for release. ‘Wanted Bayko No. 1’, a multi starrer will release first, sometime in June, followed by ‘Annagiri’ starring Ashok Saraf, Varsha Usgaonkar, Ankush Choudhary, Sai Lokur, Madhu Kambikar, Jayant Savarkar and others.
Zee Talkies spoke to Raju Parsekar to know whether films with comedy subject still hold good, at a time when Marathi films are coming with new interesting subjects. And, Raju had a very clever answer. He said, “A formula can never fail in films, if it is presented skilfully. Let me give you a simple example. Two Hindi films namely ‘Biwi No.1’ and ‘Sajan Chale Sasural’ were released one after the other, with almost similar type of subject. But, both the films turned out to be hits. In a comedy film, the timing of the artistes engaged is very important, besides the skills of the director. No wonder, David Dhavan became a big name in Bollywood.”
Raju also gave an example of his film ‘Teen Bayka Fajiti Aika’ and said, “This filmwas shown on Zee Talkies because the audience enjoyed watching this film again and again. The TRP said it all. This time, in ‘Wanted Bayko No. 1’ I have used the thought of a ‘manglik’ girl. And to generate comedy, I used Makarand Anaspure opposite Sayaji Shinde. Their timing is so perfect when they shoot for any scene. ”